Tampa Bay Buccaneers Played it Smart By Avoiding Carson Palmer

By Dan Parzych
(Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Before his trade to the Arizona Cardinals became official, there was talk surrounding Carson Palmer and how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one of the teams he was interested in joining for the 2013 season. While the Buccaneers have made it clear that Josh Freeman‘s job may be in jeopardy next season, Palmer was a player they needed to avoid at all costs–which is why they should be thankful he ended up on the Cardinals.

The argument can be made that one of the main reasons why Palmer struggled so much over the last two seasons was due to a weak receiving core in the Oakland Raiders, but the truth is–Palmer is nowhere close to being as effective as he was a few years ago during his glory days with the Cincinnati Bengals. His numbers from the 2012 season may not seem all that bad on paper, but keep in mind that most of those statistics came during garbage time when the Raiders found themselves trailing late in games.

If anything–Oakland should be feeling a ton of regret for surrendering a first and second round pick just to acquire Palmer two years ago.

Freeman may have been inconsistent at times over the last couple of years, but there’s no question he’s the better option over Palmer heading into 2013. Plus, the last thing Tampa Bay needs to deal with is a quarterback who keeps finding new ways to leave the team he’s playing for because he’s unhappy with them–so it was wise for the Buccaneers to avoid Palmer.

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